Golfer eyes tour title
Ugandan Deo Akope does not have to look over his shoulders in the grand finale of the KCB East Africa Tour as he will tee off in the same group with arch-rival Dismas Indiza in Mombasa, Kenya today.
Akope, who upstaged a huge field of Kenyans to win the Kampala leg of the regional tour last month, is instead of wary of the distractive winds from the Indian Ocean that normally sweep across the par-71 Nyali course.
The MTN sponsored golfer, who shot one over par 72 in a practice round yesterday, reckons he has what it takes to win the Ksh3m (sh87m) event.
â€œI will go out there and enjoy the competition not only with Indiza but with the rest of the field,â€ Akope told New Vision by phone yesterday after a practice round.
â€œI havenâ€™t experienced the heavy wind yet but it can come any time.â€
Akope will have the company of countryman Denis Anguyo.
The group also has Emma Opio and Fred Wanzala making a maiden professional appearance on foreign stage.
The event has 39 golfers from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. Half the field will be cut off after the second round tomorrow.
But Herman Mutaawe, who was supposed to make the trio failed to do so.
â€œI would have loved to compete in Mombasa but inadequate funding has failed me. I am searching for a sponsor who can facilitate me to compete internationally,â€™â€™ Mutaawe lamented after the Onito Open in Jinja on Sunday.
Akope faces test